Strong lineup set for Paris-Nice

01 Mar 2018

Strong lineup set for Paris-Nice

Team Sky head to Paris-Nice with a strong lineup as we look to add to our run of success at the ‘Race to the Sun’.

The famous French stage race takes place across eight days (March 4-11) and is routinely one of the most exciting events of the year.
Often decided by a handful of seconds, Team Sky have a strong record at the WorldTour race in recent years, having won five of the last six editions, with no less than four different riders.
Sergio Henao claimed a memorable victory 12 months ago and the Colombian national champion returns again as Team Sky look to defend the title.
Joining Henao at the start in Chatou is an impressive squad. Wout Poels and David de la Cruz both won stages at the recent Ruta del Sol, with Poels securing second place overall. Sebastian Henao played a key role in his cousin’s victory last season, and along with Diego Rosa the pair add to the team’s climbing firepower. Dylan van Baarle joins the team following the Classics Opening Weekend, while Ian Stannard will have a key role to play in a race renowned for its crosswinds and unpredictable conditions.

Sport Director Gabriel Rasch will be calling the shots from the team car in France and confirmed that Henao and Poels will both lead the team.
He said: “They will be joint leaders and I think we have a good chance. Wout is hungry for some results for himself and obviously Sergio won it last year.
“Going from eight-man teams to seven, I think it’s good to have more options. We had a debate about how many flat guys to take and this is what we came down to.”
The climbs are grouped towards the back end of the race, but Rasch is warning against crosswinds on day two.
He continued: “The second stage is flat, heading south all day, so depending on the wind it could be a wild day, like last year.
“The guys will get their first taste of the climbs on stage three and then there’s a hilly time trial on stage four. Stage five has a pretty hard final lap around Sisteron, with narrow short climbs, and the last three stages, six, seven and eight, are all tough. The last day is pretty similar to previous years too - short, but hard around Nice and Monaco.” 

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